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Bowling

How a Bowling Alley Works

How a Bowling Alley Works

Ever wonder how the machine at the bowling alley resets pins so quickly after they’re knocked down, and how the ball gets back to you? The appropriately named Matt Bowlin explains how all the systems work together to get you ready for your next frame.

Bowling Robot

Bowling Robot

We don’t care if Tom Coben’s idea for a robot that can bowl was faked with CGI. We still want to see these things in action the next time we go to the bowling alley, hurling 15 lb. balls and banging out perfect 300 games while terrifying onlookers.

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How Bowling Balls Are Made

How Bowling Balls Are Made

We recently saw what the insides of a bowling ball looked like. Now see those balls get that way in this clip from How It’s Made, starting out with a soupy goo for its core, wrapped in polymer and polyurethane layers, and then sanded. We were most surprised by the odd shape of the core.

How Bowling Pins are Made

How Bowling Pins are Made

Bowling pins look so smooth and perfect that you’d think they were made by casting them. But this clip from the UK edition of How It’s Made shows how each one is made by gluing together wood boards and turning them on a lathe before coating them in a plastic shell.

The Oil Patterns in Bowling Lanes

The Oil Patterns in Bowling Lanes

Bowling alleys typically coat their lanes with oil to protect the wood. This has a significant effect on the ball, so much so that competitions use a variety of oil patterns to challenge competitors. Vox spoke with pro bowler Phil Edwards about bowling’s hidden layer.

Bowling in Slow-motion

Bowling in Slow-motion

When The Slow Mo Guys team up with Blue Man Group, you know they’re going to make a mess of epic proportions. That’s exactly what they did in this extended length video, as they used bowling balls to wreak as much havoc as possible in front of a high-speed camera.

World’s Fastest 300 Game

World’s Fastest 300 Game

Ben Ketola shows off his extraordinary ability to knock all 10 pins over not just once, but 12 times in a row, scoring a perfect 300 game in just 86.9 seconds. It doesn’t hurt that he had access to ten lanes to accomplish the feat, so he never had to wait for the pins to reset.

Spinning Bowling Ball Trick Shot

Spinning Bowling Ball Trick Shot

Bowler Mike Long demonstrates a crazy trick shot that involves two balls, 12 pins, and scoring a spare without approaching the lane twice. We thought for sure there was no way those last two pins were going down.

Bowling a Perfect 300

Bowling a Perfect 300

Ronnie Russell became only the 24th person to achieve a perfect game of bowling on national TV. Ronnie pulled it off at the semifinals of the PBA Chameleon Championship, but ended up losing in the finals to DJ Archer.

Strike That

Strike That

During the recent World Bowling Championships in Dubai, Team USA bowler Bill O’Neill rolled what sure looked like a strike to us. But the damned laws of physics got in his way and his sure thing was turned into a spare.

Six-Pack Bowling Concept

Six-Pack Bowling Concept

While most beer bottles end up being recycled or trashed, Russian designer Constantin Bolimond envisions durable wood and plastic bottles which could double as bowling pins once you’re done enjoying their contents.

TDCC: Handshake

TDCC: Handshake

Between the bowling alley and decapitated heads, we thought we were watching a Coen Brothers flick – but it’s just the music video for Two Door Cinema Club’s latest catchy track, Handshake. We assume they got the idea here.

Bowling Lane Bench

Bowling Lane Bench

Positive Space Designs created this three-seater bench using reclaimed wood from an old bowling alley. It actually reminds us of those seats where you put on your bowling shoes.

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Most Strikes in a Minute

Most Strikes in a Minute

Chad McClean breaks the world record for most strikes in a minute, running from alley to alley and knocking down 10 pins on 9 of his 15 attempts. Not a great average, but still an impressive feat.

World’s Longest Bowling Strike

World’s Longest Bowling Strike

Check out this long, bumpy and goofy bowling strike from the Aussie guys over at How Ridiculous. They make silly trick shot videos like this one to raise awareness for child poverty around the world.

Bowling Pin Light Fixture

Bowling Pin Light Fixture

This one-of-a-kind fixture was made from a 1950s arcade game. It’s been retrofitted with fluorescent tubes and glowing marbles by Renegade Vintage. This coat rack came from the same machine.

Bowler’s Ecstatic Rant

Bowler’s Ecstatic Rant

PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber needed a strike in the final frame to win a record-breaking five US Open titles and become the oldest bowler to win the tournament. This is how he celebrated.

Hamster Bowling

Hamster Bowling

Cats aren’t the only animals who like to go bowling. This hamster manages to knock down some pins without the need for a laser pointer to guide him. Best he can do is a spare though.

Zombie Head Bowling Balls

Zombie Head Bowling Balls

Like the Stationery of Horror before them, these gruesome, yet awesome decapitated zombie heads were created by Jung von Matt AG, to promote Germany’s 13th Street horror/sci-fi TV channel.

200 Pin Strike

200 Pin Strike

If you try to bowl a perfect 300 game across a normal game, your odds are pretty damn low. But if you attempt to knock down 200 of the pins in the first frame, you might have a better chance.

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Unlikely Bowling Shot

Unlikely Bowling Shot

It’s the final frame of Josh Scanlon’s round at the Team USA bowling trials; he rolls 2 strikes before attempting a third, but things go slightly awry. Too bad the pins he hits don’t count. (Thanks Jon!)

Jim Gaffigan: Bowling

Jim Gaffigan: Bowling

Jim Gaffigan explains why bowling is the best sport ever in this laugh-out-loud funny bit from his King Baby DVD. Gotta love the bowling coach advice… “this time… I want you to knock down all the pins.”

Earl the Bowler

Earl the Bowler

Pro bowler Chris Barnes takes on EARL (Enhanced Automated Robotic Launcher) capable of rolling an identical shot nearly every time. But its precision is its downfall. The score stands: humans 1, robots 0.

Bowling Ball Avalanche

Bowling Ball Avalanche

A couple of years back, Sony had an awesome Bravia commercial with a ton of bouncy balls rolling down a hill. Nissan pays tribute with a slightly more destructive variant – bowling balls.

RC Bowling Ball

RC Bowling Ball

Yes, 900 Global’s Remote Control Bowling Ball is cheating, but it’s for a good cause: designed for disabled children, it uses an internal weight to adjust the movement of the ball.

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